Police say the suspect, 32-year-old Jeremy Reynolds, first shot and killed three people at a hotel in Blocksy before heading to the neighboring town of Gulfport, where he allegedly rammed his car into a car. The man was shot.
Police said that when officers later found Reynolds, he locked himself inside a store until authorities finally entered to search for him for unknown reasons.
The incident took place in Blocksy on Wednesday morning, when police responded to reports of gunfire after 9 a.m. at the Broadway Inn Express Hotel, the Blocksy Police Department (BPD) said in a news release.
When officers arrived, they found the three victims dead with obvious gunshot wounds. They were later identified as hotel owner Muhammad Moini, 51, and two hotel employees, Laura Lyman, 61, and Chad Green, 55. BPD held a joint news conference with the Gulfport Police Department. Said during (GPD).
The BPD said that Bloxie officers determined that the suspect had fled to the nearby town of Gulfport in a victim’s car.
No motive has been identified for the shootings at the hotel, but it is not clear if the suspect was staying at the hotel or knew the victims.
At around 9:30 a.m., police responded to a shooting in Gulfport where they shot and killed 52-year-old William Waltman, a man identified by the suspect, Gulfport Police Chief Adam Cooper told a news conference. She was named Reynolds.
Waltman was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead after surgery, the GPD said.
He said that when Gulf Port officials later found a Reynolds and a stolen car, he ran to a nearby convenience store.
Two employees of the store managed to escape. First The GPD release states that Reynolds stopped himself from inside.
SWAT teams from GPD and Harrison County were dispatched to the scene and “numerous attempts were made to contact the suspect within the business,” the GPD release said. The GPD said that after tear gas was deployed at the building, the SWAT team entered and found Reynolds “dead from unknown circumstances.”
Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer told a news conference that no shots were fired by the suspect or by police during the standoff. Switzerland added that a small fire was discovered near Reynolds’ body, although it is not clear how it started.
An autopsy of Reynolds and four other victims will be conducted this week, Switzerland said.